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4 Popular Healthy Food Trends in 2020
Even though 2020 may be drawing to a close, the healthy eating trend continues to grow as more of us lean away from indulgence and towards nutritious meals and snacks. A recent report conducted suggests that 82% of people have changed their eating habits in the last five years, with 86% trying to be more health-conscious.
Past trends such as plant-based eating have only continued to grow in popularity, as more and more individuals reduce the amount of meat they consume in their diet. Other trends that continue to remain front and centre include a focus on sustainability with consumers being concerned about the origin of their food and how it impacts their health and the health of others around them.
Below is a curated list of some of the top health trends of 2020 that you can consider adding to your repertoire.
The rise of the oats
Oats have blown up as a major trend in 2020. You’ve probably seen oat milk, but you can also find it in all sorts of products from yoghurt to bread. Oats have risen in popularity in recent years as it’s an excellent alternative for individuals who can’t or don’t want to drink dairy or soy milk.
In terms of protein, it has about half the amount of soy or cow’s milk and is usually fortified with calcium. While oat milk is a great alternative, however, those who are allergic to gluten should ensure that the products they consume are gluten-free. It’s always best to check the product label first before consumption.
A more comprehensive range of lactose-free dairy products
While lactose-free milk has been around for a while, 2020 saw the rise of lactose-free dairy and dairy alternatives such as lactose-free cheese and yoghurt. As some individuals may have health conditions that prevent them from enjoying traditional dairy-based products, there are now plenty of alternative options to cater to their needs.
There are even other unique products that have entered the marketplace, such as cashew-milk-based creamers and hemp creamers, that you can pair with your coffee or tea.
Mocktails over cocktails
It may seem hard to believe, but mocktails have grown in popularity thanks to health-conscious millennials. These drinks are both delicious, alcohol-free, and healthy. Some examples include HopTea that brews tea with that hoppy flavour you get from beer without the additional calories or a hangover.
There’s also refreshing sparkling water bottled in beer bottles and non-alcoholic craft beers so you won’t feel left out when you’re drinking with your friends. Certain bars are even hopping on this trend with mocktail menus that serve non-alcoholic beer, wine, and cocktails.
While meat-free offerings have spiked in popularity in 2020 with the launch of companies such as Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, health-conscious carnivores have also been on the lookout for ethically raised meat that’s better for them. With that, companies have started to innovate by incorporating plant-based nutrients into their meat products.
Some examples that have hit the market include beef and chicken that’s mixed with cauliflower, brown rice, and legumes. Perdue has also introduced chicken nuggets that aren’t just made with chicken; they’re also blended with cauliflower and chickpeas. Other products include chicken sausages mixed with vegetables such as squash and sweet potato along with patties that are blended with pea protein for reduced saturated fat than a regular beef patty.
Lazy to head to the supermarket to purchase these ingredients and make a meal on your own? You can consider booking a private chef at your home with Gathar. You’ll even be able to create your menu according to your dietary needs, while the chefs will have nutritious, healthy meals ready for you in no time.
Healthy eating is expected to continue to rise, and there are plenty of more healthy food trends that are expected to take the food world by storm. While these trends are great to incorporate into your diet, you’d also want to look at your specific needs. If you’re looking to lose weight, for example, also remember to incorporate exercise within your routine.
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